Quality Hyundai is the area's first auto dealership facility to be entirely solar powered through its new 130,000-watt rooftop solar plant. 521 solar panels occupy 22,000 sq. ft. on the Quality Hyundai rooftop. The system will generate 146,000 kWh annually, equivalent to what is needed to power 25 average American homes. It will power everything in the facility from show room to service center. If the system produces more electricity than the dealership requires, the meter will run backwards and UI will buy the excess capacity from Quality Hyundai. The system will eliminate 3,000 tons of CO2 greenhouse gas emissions over the life of the project.
In 2013 Quality Hyundai had selected Munger to convert the former regional U.S. Post Office processing center on Frontage Road in New Haven into a state of the art 24,000 sq. ft. car dealership. http://www.prlog.org/
"Creating Quality Hyundai's world class car dealership facility gave Munger the opportunity to showcase the breadth of commercial design/build services that we offer", said David DeMaio, Munger president. "This enabled us to continue our Quality Hyundai relationship as we were selected to be the general contractor for the PV Solar project."
Munger was accountable for PV solar system project management, permitting and installation. Munger's partner, Independence Solar, the project developer, was responsible for electrical system design, financing, material procurement, and for facilitating the relationship with UI.
"The Munger, Independence Solar and UI team explained the benefits of this 'green' investment and helped us to coordinate with government agencies to offset the associated costs," said Joe Blichfeldt, Quality Hyundai owner. "We expect payback to be less than six years and a 30 year system life."
"Quality Hyundai is leading the charge of Connecticut businesses that are adopting solar to generate their own clean electricity. It is a sound financial investment that highlights Quality Hyundai's long term vision and commitment to their community," said James Schwartz, Vice President, Independence Solar.
Quality Hyundai is making a positive impact through this new facility. “In addition to solar energy, we have made our dealership very eco-friendly through cutting-edge lighting and recycling," said Blichfeldt. Daylighting systems harvest sunlight through a prismatic roof-top lens that diffuses and distributes light into the interior space. These SunPorts reduce the electricity required to light the building during daylight hours. LED electrical lights last much longer, use much less power and use fewer chemicals than fluorescent bulbs. They can be turned off an average of 7-9 hours per day. There is a high efficiency HVAC system and the service center is heated by a state of the art system that is fueled by reused motor oil. Interior and exterior framing systems include 1-inch clear, energy efficient Low E glass.
About Quality Hyundai
Quality Hyundai serves Connecticut customers with new and pre-owned Hyundai vehicles along with Hyundai parts and quality service. www.myqualityhyundai.com
About Independence Solar
Independence Solar is a developer and installer of turnkey commercial solar energy projects since 2007. Recognizing the complexities of energy management and the challenges of evaluating renewable generation, Independence Solar thoughtfully guides its customers through all stages and aspects of the solar development process - from feasibility analysis and capital sourcing to design-build construction and ongoing operations. With offices in Massachusetts and New Jersey, the firm strives to serve as a long-term partner with companies to evaluate and make solar energy investments with confidence. www.independencesolar.com
About Pat Munger Construction Company, Inc.
Since 1968, Munger has delivered a great experience for industrial and commercial customers in Connecticut. Customers benefit from cost effective, aesthetically pleasing, energy efficient, and environmentally sound buildings that facilitate a relationship among people, technology and space. As turnkey general contractor we work in cooperation with architects, designers and end users in order to integrate the optimal technology from leading suppliers into well-designed new buildings, additions, repairs and remodeling. Our value engineered solutions apply the best mix of pre-engineered steel, structural steel, wood and masonry with sustainable construction and “green” building practices. Munger professionals embrace and maintain LEED AP credentials and other important certifications and proficiencies. Client operations remain in full swing with minimal disruption from site planning and construction through certificate of occupancy. Proven by an array of successful projects, repeat customers, skilled and loyal people, Munger works to build lifetime relationships earned each day on each project. www.mungerconstruction.com